Online MSN-to-DNP – Executive Leadership Program

The MSN-to DNP Executive Leadership program prepares you to transform health care within your community and practice. You will gain a critical understanding of governing regulations to improve policy, work designs, patient safety, and risk management. As you progress throughout the curriculum, leadership skills are strengthened through enriched foundational thinking and change management abilities, improving your career outlook.

The curriculum also enhances your ability to understand and assess health care through a new systems approach. The advanced skills learned in communication and relationship building will allow you to effectively tie these competencies together and create a collaborative and diverse environment for optimal health care in your community.

Learning Outcomes

As a nurse with a DNP Executive Leadership degree, five key competencies are expected of you.

1. Communication and Relationship Building
Becoming an effective leader demands excellence in communication and in building relationships. Throughout your career as a DNP Executive Leader, you will be tasked to build a diverse community and trusting environment conducive to the exploration of ideas, allowing you to improve the health care industry. You will build credibility with decision-makers and serve as a community resource through media representation, community-based boards, task forces, and advisory groups. Internally, you will create a shared vision of health care with stakeholders, inspire desired behavior within your team, and promote patient-centered decisions. Conflict resolution will become second as you move your team and community towards optimal health and wellness.

2. Knowledge of the Health Care Environment
DNP Executive Leaders can confidently ensure compliance with regulatory agencies and the professional standards of nursing while developing new patient-care delivery models and participating in the legislative process on health care issues. This understanding of policy and governance will guide you as you improve efficiencies, fiduciary responsibilities, patient-care management, patient safety, and strategic planning. It will allow you to manage through evidence-based practice and increase employee performance by establishing quality metrics within the law.

3. Leadership
Leadership skills will improve through critiquing and translating research into practice. With this new diagnostic lens, you can serve as a change agent for your organization and become the adaptive leader who is ready to handle any situation at hand.

4. Professionalism
DNP Executive Leaders become role models within their organization as they demonstrate personal accountability and the need for continued education. You will ensure ethical principles and corporate compliance standards are upheld, and provide career mentorship and performance coaching to your team to promote optimal health care.

5. Business skills
DNP Executive Leaders learn strategic management skills to evaluate the achievement of operational objectives and goals, and correct course when necessary. This means you will provide leadership for the implementation and use of information systems and manage human capital and finances to ensure the financial health of your organization is maintained.


Discover the curriculum that empowers you to become an in-demand DNP Executive Leader. Courses ensure you have the technical, business, leadership and advanced nursing knowledge you need to excel. The MSN-DNP Executive Leadership program consists of at least 39 credit hours over 13 courses, with a minimum of 1,000, supervised, graduate-level practicum hours. Students may transfer up to 500 practicum hours from previous coursework.

Upon graduating from the program students also:

  1. Qualify to sit for the Nurse Executive and Nurse Executive, Advanced certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  2. May complete an additional 9 credit hours in education courses, making them eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator exam (CNE).

Learn more about the specific DNP Executive Leadership courses you will take as part of the program.


Loyola University New Orleans proudly hosts an award-winning full-time faculty dedicated to serving and leading our DNP students to stand out as Executive Leaders in nursing. All full-time faculty teaching the MSN-DNP Executive Leadership program hold a doctoral degree, and each faculty member has years of experience and expertise in the courses they teach. Meet the DNP faculty who will guide you along your personal path of success.

Career Outlook

As nursing roles expand, the need for DNP Executive Leaders grows. You will be more qualified for top management positions and have the ability to affect change in the health care industry at the policy level. Discover the rewarding career opportunities and salary ranges available to you when you complete the MSN-DNP Executive Leadership program.

Resource Center

Reference articles, testimonials and more in our DNP Resource Center as you decide if the MSN-DNP Executive Leadership program is right for you.

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To learn more about the MSN to DNP Executive Leadership online program at Loyola University, simply request more information or call 866-789-9809 today.